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Something to remember by...
by neerja gandhi
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This is a great shari g...of course by William Butler Yeats.. :)))

 (Poem #237The Ballad of Father Gilligan

  The old priest Peter Gilligan
  Was weary night and day
  For half his flock were in their beds
  Or under green sods lay.

  Once, while he nodded in a chair
  At the moth-hour of the eve
  Another poor man sent for him,
  And he began to grieve.

  'I have no rest, nor joy, nor peace,
  For people die and die;
  And after cried he, 'God forgive!
  My body spake not I!'

  He knelt, and leaning on the chair
  He prayed and fell asleep;
  And the moth-hour went from the fields,
  And stars began to peep.

  They slowly into millions grew,
  And leaves shook in the wind
  And God covered the world with shade
  And whispered to mankind.

  Upon the time of sparrow chirp
  When the moths came once more,
  The old priest Peter Gilligan
  Stood upright on the floor.

  'Mavrone, mavrone! The man has died
  While I slept in the chair.'
  He roused his horse out of its sleep
  And rode with little care.

  He rode now as he never rode,
  By rocky lane and fen;
  The sick man's wife opened the door,
  'Father! you come again!'

  'And is the poor man dead?' he cried
  'He died an hour ago.'
  The old priest Peter Gilligan
  In grief swayed to and fro.

  'When you were gone, he turned and died,
  As merry as a bird.'
  The old priest Peter Gilligan
  He knelt him at that word.

  'He Who hath made the night of stars
  For souls who tire and bleed,
  Sent one of this great angels down,
  To help me in my need.

  'He Who is wrapped in purple robes,
  With planets in His care
  Had pity on the least of things
  Asleep upon a chair.'
-- William Butler Yeats

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Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 8/1/2012
A grand bit of remembering by Yeats,
such the wise artist in his poetry!
*neerja* You are such a dear for
sharing....Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 7/31/2012
I echo George Carroll, I love Yeats and I love how well written this was. I like old, enjoyed this very much

Love and Light
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/31/2012
Dramatically beautiful! I guess that's why he's considered such a great poet. I haven't read the great poets in years. Maybe I should.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/30/2012
A fine sharing of wonderful poetry. Thank you, Neerja. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 7/29/2012
This is so attention grabbing and interest holding and just one hell of a good ol' type of story we need to hear more of these days!

Love ya!


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